So far, that Earthworm Jim reboot hasn't turned up despite the cool concept art that original creator Doug TenNapel posted online, and maybe that's for the best. On the other hand, a new TV show starring Earthworm Jim and without any involvement from TenNapel? Well, sign me up.
Interplay Entertainment has teamed up with animation studio Passion Pictures to bring Earthworm Jim back from the dead. The last we heard of Jim was 1999's Earthworm Jim: Menace 2 the Galaxy, a Game Boy Color title that was generally panned by players and critics. Before that was Earthworm Jim 3D for the N64, and it was only marginally better. The true height of Earthworm Jim-dom was the first two games for the Sega Genesis and the short-lived but much-beloved 1996 cartoon series that aired on WB.
Since then, Jim has retained a cult following that Interplay seems to think is ripe for the plucking with a brand new TV series. It'll be written and produced by Michel K. Parandi, who leads the creative team at Interplay's new television and film studio division. Aaron Billet and Marc Bodin-Joyeux are listed as producers.
"I remember loving Earthworm Jim as a kid,” Parandi said. "And there's so much potential in this story universe: a galaxy full of animals battling for power. Jim is an earthworm in a universe where Earth is nothing more than a myth. His struggle to find meaning is surreal and comical, but it's also relatable."
We don't know much else about the new cartoon series other than it'll feature Jim as well as two additional earthworm characters as well as an anthropomorphic bull. There are also going to be other anthropomorphic animal characters on various planets as Jim and the gang search for their home planet of Earth.
The show is still in very early production judging by the lack of info, but they've at least got a voice actor lined up for the lead role. You can see Jim in action in a short interview-style video posted to Beyond the Groovy.com, a new website dedicated to Earthworm Jim’s return to television (or more likely some streaming platform if we’re being real).
A feat only a true Dovahkiin could pull off.